Once regarded as a fringe-element regime and often wrongly interpreted, veganism is gaining more ground as the planet is increasingly under threat and
people are taking better care of their health.
Balducci restaurant recently held a chefs table to flight their newly introduced vegan menu.
Located at the V&A Waterfront, the restaurant has a mixed clientele of locals and international tourists and decided to introduce the menu in light of the growing number of proponents of veganism in the country.
At the chef’s table the assortment of dishes demonstrated more than amply the rich selection of vegan foods available.
Ian Halfon, co-owner of Balducci and managing director of the Slick Restaurant Group, says: “Our new plant-based menu reflects our commitment to supporting sustainable organic agriculture in the long-term, our respect for the planet and our commitment to meeting the needs of our diners.”
Halfon says the menu was in the making for a long time and includes dishes that “deliver on all fronts: taste, texture, visual appeal, variety and value”.
The dedicated menu offers 60 different items and a range of delicious salads from kale salad to salad in a jar with micro greens, starters and mains and a host of other imaginatively-devised bowls and dishes.
The prices are mixed: pizzas can set you back R155 and the kale salad with a cashew miso and pine nut dressing seemed pricey at R150.
But the portions are big and it’s early days for this worthy new addition to the restaurant